How To Conduct A Bed Bug Inspection


Bed bugs have been a popular subject of news reports in past years and awareness of the problems associated with a bed bug infestation are growing.  If you suspect you may have bed bugs in your home or office – or just want to be sure you don’t – follow the seven steps below to conduct a bed bug inspection.  A bright flashlight will make the inspection easier; a L.E.D., keychain model works great.

1)  Inspect the mattress and pillows

Turn off the lights, pull off the sheets and blankets, and, using your bright flashlight, carefully inspect the mattress and pillow seams.  Bed bugs like to cluster in corners so this is the best place to start.

2)  Examine the sheets and blankets

Check for dark brown or reddish blood spots – bed bug waste material – on all sheets, blankets, comforters, and dust ruffles.

Bed Bug Inspection | 207-650-8654 | Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control3)  Peruse the underside of the mattress and box spring

Look between the mattress and box spring and be sure to shine your flashlight on the underside of the box spring.  The mesh lining of most box springs allows easy access to these critters. The corners of the bed frame are an oft-forgotten place where bed bugs can hide.  These locations are often well-hidden and seldom disturbed so make sure you look there as well.

5)  Cracks and crevices near the bed

Shine your light on every surface near the bed:  chairs, bed-side tables, pictures, dressers, mirrors, electrical outlets, and even along floorboards baseboards.

6)  Other furniture and storage

Examine all bookshelves and closets in the vicinity.  These places, like bed frames, are seldom disturbed are a great place for these pests to hide.

7)  Inspect yourself and your family

You may have discovered bites on your body already which led you to begin your inspection but remember, not all individuals exhibit signs of bed bug bites even though they are occurring.  When you do perform a bodily-inspection, look for small bites that form a straight line.  The bites may appear similar to a mosquito bite.

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